Dr. Tong is a world-leading hepatologist with more than 40 years of service to his community and people suffering from liver disease, as well as a mentor for physician-in-training programs and the continued pursuit of excellence in university medical education. Dr. Tong earned his Doctor of Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, Department of Bacteriology, Berkeley, California, and his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Tong completed his Hepatology Fellowship at Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Health Center and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Hepatology.
Dr. Tong served as a naval medical officer in the United States Navy attached to the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit in DaNang, Vietnam, where he was involved in studying the effects of war-related wounds and tropical diseases suffered by military personnel and was the first to link Chronic Hepatitis B [HBV] infection with liver cancer.
In 2007, Dr. Tong established the Asian-Liver Center at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Tong is one of the leading clinical investigators of HBV and liver diseases in Asians and Asian-Americans. Dr. Tong’s research efforts include the natural history and treatment of patients suffering from chronic HBV and Chronic Hepatitis C (HCV). Dr. Tong is heavily involved in the care and treatment of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) at the Dumont-UCLA Liver Cancer Center, in Los Angeles, California.
Dr. Tong has authored more than 230 peer-reviewed articles related to the natural history and clinical treatment of chronic liver disease, hepatocellular carcinoma, liver transplantation, as well as abstracts and book chapters in hepatology.